Collegium Clears Justice KM Joseph for Elevation to Supreme Court

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The Bar Council of India on Saturday insisted that the crisis sparked off by four Supreme Court judges' virtual rebellion should end at the earliest and that apex court should start functioning normally from Monday.

Congress on Saturday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi why he sent his Principal Secretary Nripendra Misra to Chief Justice Dipak Misra's residence here a day after four senior judges told the media that all was not well with the Supreme Court.

SCBA president, senior advocate Vikas Singh termed the press conference of the four Supreme Court judges as "ill planned" and added that the allegations made by them were not substantial.

Three of the four judges, who had attacked the Chief Justice at a press conference here on Friday, were away from the capital and are expected to return on Sunday afternoon.

"We did this for a cause and I think (the) issues appear to have been sorted out". It passed a resolution, saying no political party or leaders should take "undue advantage" of the situation arising out of the press conference by the top court judges.

The Bar Council of India, the statutory body to regulate legal profession, favoured for in-house mechanism to resolve the issue.

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Earlier in the day, the four judges while addressing the media appealed to the nation to save their institution if they wanted democracy in the country to survive. "There will be a total anarchy in the system", said the judge from Bihar.

The Supreme Court Collegium, after much deliberation, has cleared the name of Justice KM Joseph for his elevation as a judge in the apex court.

"We have unanimously chose to form a 7-member delegation of the Council who will meet honourable judges of the Supreme Court. But sometimes administration of the Supreme Court is not in order, and many things which are less than desirable have happened in the last few months", Chelameswar said. On May 8, 2017, Karnan sentenced CJI JS Khehar and seven other judges of Supreme Court five-year of rigorous imprisonment after holding them under SC/ST Atrocities act 1989 and amendment act of 2015.

"Around 1045 am I got to know that the four senior most judges in the Supreme Court had gone to the CJI raising issues with the allocation of Judge Loya's case to a junior judge, bypassing the conventions of the court".

He further opined, "If at all they had anything substantial to say, they should have thought it over first rather than just suggesting something and leaving it to the minds of the people to keep guessing".

The second is to have all public interest litigation cases listed before the CJI or the next top four judges.